And in my house that means we are eating all the time! Football is a great excuse to make lots of fun food and chow down.
Here’s one of my favorite easy recipes for gnoshing in front of the TV while shouting for our favorite teams (i.e., TEXAS AGGIES, HOUSTON TEXANS, DALLAS COWBOYS and RGIII’s Redskins, since he graduated from my high school!)
Easy Black Bean Salsa
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can Ro-Tel Tomatoes, drained (if you can’t find these, just use a can of diced tomatoes)
approx. 1/2 red onion, chopped
juice from one lemon
garlic powder to taste
salt & pepper to taste
Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, but if you can’t wait, START EATING NOW! Serve with tortilla chips! Delicious!
It’s a chilly afternoon in Texas! Even Tango is curled up in a basket with his nose tucked in.
As you may know, my family and I recently moved into a new home. It’s a temporary move, and we’ll be here for less than a year, but I still find the need to make things comfortable, the way I like them. I’m spending this afternoon getting my office in order. One thing that always sends me off into an unproductive daze is research material. This afternoon I let myself get distracted reading about real life historical scandals. Fun!
If you’re visiting my site, then perhaps you enjoy paranormal historicals as much as I do. Unfortunately, they’re a bit difficult to find. Here’s one I just bought to read, FIRELIGHT, by Kristen Callihan, though I haven’t started it yet. The reviews are fantastic, and Diana Gabaldon provided a cover quote!
“Beauty and the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera (with hints of Carrie and an abundance of Egyptian mythology) in this gripping, intoxicating story, simmering with incendiary sensuality and featuring a heroine who risks all to save the man she loves. An exceptional debut and the first of what promises to be a compelling series.” (Library Journal, starred review)
Gasp! So I’ve survived a hacker attack on my website, and a household move across town. The website is back up, and the boxes are almost all nearly unpacked. Time to get back into my routine!
Valentines Day is coming up very quickly! Does anyone have any big plans? Lord Lenox and I usually don’t go out for V-day. We’ll go out a day or two before (or sometimes after!) to celebrate, then on the Big Day we’ll grill and watch a movie or some other low-key “date”.
Even if you don’t have a special someone right now in your life, I hope you’ll do something special for YOURSELF! Me? I’m sure I’ll gift myself with a couple of new books. Right now, I’m reading GAME OF THRONES, and really enjoying it. I’ve not watched any of the HBO series, but probably will when I’m done with the books.
Look in the next few days for me to post a couple of book covers for books I’ve got on my TO BE READ pile!
Summer is over! The kids are back in school. Are you reading more books? Any favorites? If so, share them.
I just started reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern today. If you’ve read my book, DARKER THAN NIGHT, you know I’m a fan of dark, fantastical Victorian circuses! So far, I’m really enjoying the book and Ms. Morgenstern’s wonderfully evocotive writing!
Be sure to visit my group blog, www.silkandshadows.com which after summer hiatus is blogging again.
This week, Jessa Slade is giving away a fantastic party pack of books! All you have to do is comment to enter!
Here we go with the freezing weather again! I can hear the wind blowing against the chimney, and it’s cold inside the house. I’m breaking out the fuzzy socks and making my favorite hot drink, and then I’ll get some writing done.
Every day I have to have my morning coffee–2 cups! And I love black and green teas, but tonight’s weather calls for a favorite, Mexican Hot Chocolate. Want some too? Here’s how I make it.
Make your basic hot chocolate, whether from a packaged mix, cocoa powder/sugar or (my personal favorite) Mexican chocolate like Kekua or Popular. Tonight I’m making Kekua in a pot with 1% milk and Stevia.
Then add about a teaspoon (or more!) of vanilla, about 1/8 teaspoon (or more!) of cinnamon and a couple of shakes of chile powder. Mix well and enjoy! Marshmallows optional!
I live in Texas, and it is COLD today. Brrr! Not bad, compared to other places, but it’s 29 degrees right now, and we’ve got icicles. That’s rare for us, so we are watching movies (JAWS), eating popcorn, and having hot chocolate.
I’m also doing some research today for a manuscript I’m working on. One subject I’m looking at is fox hunting. I’m having to try and wrap myself around a sport that I, as an individual, wouldn’t wish to participate in. On one hand, I’m fascinated by the horses, hounds, showmanship and tradition, I can’t see myself wanting to pulverize a fox.
That’s why I got such a kick out of this picture of a hound that adopted a fox, from the JaneAustensWorld blog. Aw! So cute.